Gang members with guns seem to be getting a bit bolder -- two men were injured in this one

Early Saturday morning, September 22, at 2:58 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire near a motel at 3104 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they discovered a man lying in the parking lot of the Motel 6 suffering from a gunshot injury. Emergency medical personnel arrived and provided medical aid and transported the victim to a Portland hospital. Officers searched the area but did not locate anyone believed to be a suspect in this shooting.

As officers canvassed the area they located evidence of gunfire in the parking lot of the motel. Officers also found a vehicle believed to be associated with people involved in the shooting. The vehicle was abandoned in the parking lot.

During the investigation, officers received information that a man had arrived at a Portland hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot injury. Investigators believe he was injured in this incident.

Based on information gathered at this time in the investigation, investigators believe a group of people, associated with a room at the motel, were having a party when a disturbance occurred, and during the disturbance there was gunfire.

The injuries suffered by both men are beleived not to be life-threatening.

Based on preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to assume the investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division also assisted with the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting, or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting, is asked to contact Portland Police Gang Enforcement Team Detective Brian Sims at 503/823-2079, via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Portland Police Bureau points out that it works closely with "Enough is Enough PDX", a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, which leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube should be shared, as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers. Submit an anonymous tip at 503/823-4357.

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